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Merkel backs dialogue with Poland over tensions with EU

Oct. 15, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that Poland's European Union partners need to step away from confrontation and instead talk to the government in Warsaw to seek solutions to the difficulties in their relationship. Last week, Poland's...

Holocaust forum looks at social media's role in antisemitism

Oct. 13, 2021 14:41 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Participants at a Holocaust remembrance conference in Sweden blamed social media Wednesday for contributing to a global rise in antisemitism, while YouTube and Facebook officials pledged to be part of the solution. Government and social media...

G20 demands humanitarian access to Afghans, EU pledges cash

Oct. 12, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The European Union pledged 1 billion euros ($1.15 billion) in support for the Afghan people, and the Group of 20 countries vowed to accelerate aid Tuesday amid concerns that an already precarious humanitarian and financial situation will grow catastrophic over the winter. ...

EU vows to uphold Ukraine's energy security at summit

Oct. 12, 2021 08:48 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — European Union leaders vowed to uphold Ukraine's energy security and signed deals intended to bolster ties during a summit Tuesday in the Ukrainian capital. In a statement after the meeting, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, EU Council...

EU, Ukraine to discuss military training and cyberthreats

Oct. 11, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is considering providing a military training mission to Ukraine amid lingering tensions between Russia and its neighbor, officials said Monday. Acting on a request from Ukraine for help with “professional military education," the EU...

EU leaders fear Polish exit following court ruling

Oct. 08, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Senior officials from two founding members of the European Union expressed fears Friday that a Polish ruling challenging the supremacy of EU laws could trigger the country's exit from the 27-nation bloc. France’s Europe minister, Clement Beaune,...

EU recommends relief funds for consumers hit by energy costs

Oct. 06, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Wednesday urged member countries to provide relief funds to consumers and small businesses hit hardest by rising gas and electricity prices, as criticism mounts that the bloc’s climate change fighting policies are fueling the problem. ...

EU leaders fail to give Balkan nations a membership timeline

Oct. 06, 2021 10:40 AM EDT

BRDO CASTLE, Slovenia (AP) — European Union leaders tried to reassure six Balkan countries they could eventually join the trading bloc if they met its standards, but the leaders failed to provide a credible signal Wednesday that the EU's enlargement process will be relaunched in the near...

EU leaders discuss defense, US and China relationships

Oct. 05, 2021 19:43 PM EDT

BRDO CASTLE, Slovenia (AP) — European Union leaders met for the first time Tuesday since the messy Western troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and France's loss of a multibillion-dollar submarine deal with Australia, events that they argue have exposed Europe's need for more autonomy on...

EU unveils strategy to tackle rising antisemitism in Europe

Oct. 05, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union unveiled Tuesday a new strategy to combat growing antisemitism in Europe with plans to better tackle hate speech, raise awareness about Jewish life, protect places of worship and ensure that the Holocaust isn't forgotten. According to...